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Three Key Questions About Serving on the TSSA Board

May 24, 2016

By Ginny Sutton, TSSA Executive Director

The common refrain from business professionals today is that we have never been busier.

With the demands of our careers and personal lives, who has time for serving on a volunteer board? And to be frank, many of us picture serving on a board being a bit boring or intimidating.

The interesting thing is that almost all members who’ve served on the TSSA Board tend to tell the same story.

“Though I was leery at the beginning about what I could contribute, I have loved serving on the TSSA Board. Those three years have flown by.”

“The connections and friendships I’ve made have benefited me tremendously, especially considering the time that’s been required.”

“I like that this group doesn’t let personal agendas or politics drive their work.”

These are all statements I’ve heard from board members, and many times over. It is far more common for people to serve a second three-year term than for them to serve only one.

A common response from members I’ve asked about board service is, “I’m not sure what I could bring to the table.”

My reply to that is to ask these three key questions: 1) Do you care about the self-storage industry? 2) Have you had successes, learned hard lessons or developed skills while owning or running this business? 3) Does the idea of helping other operators succeed appeal to you?

If you can answer yes to those three questions, you could be an ideal candidate for serving on the TSSA board. If you’re modest and don’t like shouting about your own skills or successes even though others do, but like the idea of contributing, you just moved to the top of my list.

Four meetings a year and participating in an annual conference you probably already attend is the commitment you make for service. We are very focused at our meetings, and though we may have had our past sins, we no longer spend time on mind-numbing reports or less meaningful tasks. 

If you’re still just a bit unsure, contact me. No question is off limits.